Monday, September 8, 2014

Elderly Overmedicated--When Will This Abuse Stop

Elderly pay the price once again for someone's greed!

NPR (9/5, Jaffe, 519K) reported in its "Shots" blog that a Federal lawsuit against two California nursing homes accused of overmedicating patients may offer a new approach to dealing with the persistent problem of such facilities overmedicating their residents."

 The US Attorney for Northern California "claims that the two nursing homes provided 'grossly inadequate, materially substandard and/or worthless services,'" while they "received about $20 million from Medicare and Medicaid for those services."

 Kelly Bagby, a senior attorney with the AARP Foundation, said, "Under the False Claims Act, the government can ask for triple damages."

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